French Academy of Technologies prize – finalist

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Once again, our start-up project received positive feedback, as we have been nominated to the Jean Jerphagnon prize delivered by both the Académie des Technologies and the Institute Mines Telecom (IMT). This prize is to be delivered to young (<40yrs old) scientists willing to start this adventure of entrepreneurship, for the valorisation of a photonics product out of their research… Read more »

SPIE start-up Challenge Semi-Finals!

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Our start-up CURVE-ONE has been selected to participate to the SPIE start-up Challenge semi finals, to be held in San Francisco during the Photonics West conference early February 2019. The announcement was made on    

Curve-X: Ignition!

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The European Commission is once again supporting us with the attribution of an ERC-Proof of Concept grant, to accelerate the go-to-market of curved detectors and related wide field imaging systems. Pillar II of the ERC-STG-ICARUS aimed at paving the way to a common use of curved and deformable detectors for cost-effective imaging systems, through prototyping and recommendation for mass production…. Read more »

Mirrors facing Tokamaks’ Plasma

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We recently contributed to the development of thermal diagnostic systems to be placed inside future ITER-like tokamaks, for a demonstrator realised by the CEA-Cadarache (*). Our team (**) at LAM developed a specific polishing process of Molybdenum large (200mm) and highly convex mirrors,. These mirrors are to be used as front mirrors in the Infra-red imaging periscope designed to constantly… Read more »


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The screening of Caroline Corbasson’s short movie A T A C A M A has been done at the Cinema Max Linder Panorama, one of the most beautiful Parisian movie theaters, on Thursday, November 23th at 7:30pm. This action was supported by the CNRS-LAM for the last 2 years, and is produced by Anomalie Films. Watch the teaser here.

Curved detector: omg!

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Recent picture taken with our customized fish-eye optical system (optimization: Wilfried Jahn) The system has a 178 degrees field of view. Vignetting is mostly suppressed except for the very edge of the image. The system works with a convex sensor, full frame, 20Mpixels, produced by the CEA-LETI. The full optical characterization is ongoing and will be published by the end… Read more »

Curved detectors: First images!

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This picture, 135 degrees Field of view, was obtained out of a fish-eye like objective made of 9 lenses and 3 materials. Compared to the existing systems, we gain about one third of the optics and reduce the number of required materials of about 70%. The custom fish-eye objective made of 9 lenses, only spherical surfaces, and using the curved… Read more »

Curved detectors: first concave prototype delivered!

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Our brand new prototype of a concave curved detectors has been delivered at LAM this week! This full frame, fully-functional, 20Mpixels concave CMOS detector perfectly works in the visible. With a radius of 150mm over a size of 24x32mm², such a breakthrough device will allow to drastically reduce the amount of lenses required in wide field imaging systems, as well… Read more »

JWST, an artwork by Caroline Corbasson

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One of the art piece made by Caroline Corbasson has reached the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille. This master piece inspired by the segmented telescopes, is part of a set of 12 items, and is named after the future large space telescope to be launched in fall 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope. The JWST has a segmented primary mirror made… Read more »

MERAC prize and CNRS Bronze Medal

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Two prizes won in 2017, for early career achievements: The MERAC prize for New technologies delivered by the European Astronomical Society; The Bronze Medal delivered by the CNRS. The Medal ceremony was held in Marseille in October 2017. The MERAC prize ceremony was held in Prague during the EAS symposium in June.